Early Childhood Education (PreK-2), BSE

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If you are interested in becoming a teacher, we have the program you need. The university has a rich tradition of teacher education.

Program Overview

Students within the early childhood education concentration may pursue initial teacher licensure as an early childhood teacher of students with and without disabilities (PreK-2) by completing an early childhood education major and a second major in interdisciplinary studies (IDIS). In this concentration students will learn the theory, research, and pedagogy necessary to teach young children through the early childhood education major and develop interdisciplinary studies content knowledge through the IDIS major.

Throughout the program of study, students will complete several field-based experiences in early childhood education private and public school settings, which will be supervised by university mentor teachers and/or university faculty supervisors. These field-based experiences will provide students with opportunities to observe and participate in early childhood instruction that incorporates what students are learning in their educational pedagogy classes, as well as what they are learning in their IDIS content courses. Students will complete a formal practicum for their early childhood education major as required for initial teacher licensure. This program meets the standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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Experiential Opportunities


The purpose of the student teaching practicum/internship is to provide candidates who have reached the teacher candidacy stage of their academic programs with hands-on experience in an approved school setting.
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Study Abroad

Faculty-led study abroad course opportunities also increase student life-transforming experiences, as do student/faculty cooperative research projects.
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Curriculum and Other Information

  • Childcare Center Director
  • Childcare Worker
  • Kindergarten/Elementary School Teacher
  • Nanny
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Teacher/Educator